Learning a language makes travel a more enriching cultural experience

Posted by farolitospanish on September 02, 2010

Learning a language makes travel a more enriching cultural experience
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When a person travels they get to experience so many new things. But when a person learns a language of the location they are traveling to, it makes it a much more enriching cultural experience. You will be able to see more, do more and meet more people.

By learning the language of the country you are visiting you are able to visit sites that not all tourists will be able to visit. You are able to walk into a museum and understand what is written. You can go to a local movie and understand what is being said. Or you can pick up a map and local travel guide and find your way around to more remote locations that are off the beaten path. By doing this you are able to see much more of the country and how the locals live, not just the touristy areas.

Another reason to learn the language of your travel destination is so that you can converse more with the local residents. You can spend time talking to someone who lives in the country and can share with you more about their culture and history. They are also the people who will be able to tell you the best restaurants or coffee shops in the area that the travel guides may not list. And if you are lost and need help you won't feel helpless because you will be able to communicate your needs.

So take some time to learn a new language and then visit the country where it is spoken. You will find that you will improve your language skills while in the country and you will be able to do more than the average tourist. Your effort will produce a much better cultural experience.


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